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Top 10 highest album sales: BTS and TWICE shows their potential, 2nd Gen groups surprise everyone

Including all the album sales in both the Korean and Japanese market, these groups are the “monsters” when talking about physical sales.

Recently, a post on an online forum in South Korean summarized the album sales of boy groups and girl groups throughout their career. Through those numbers, a chart of album sales in K-Pop history has been made. These numbers include the physical sales of the main group, units, solo and live albums released in both the Korean and Japanese market since debut.

With big strides in recent years, 3rd generation idols’ representatives such as BTS, EXO and TWICE surprise everyone with their achievements. BTS is the youngest group in terms of seniority, but they are leading the chart with 12 million albums sold. EXO is also impressive at #3 with 11,5 million albums sold since their debut. It has only been 3 years since their debut but TWICE soared through the girl groups chart to get to #2 with 4,5 million albums sold.

Top 10 highest album sales: BTS and TWICE shows their potential, Gen 2 groups surprise everyone

The rise of 3rd generation idols’ representative still cannot erase the strength of 2nd generation idols. TVXQ ranked #2 on the boy groups chart, surpassing EXO. BIG BANG, SHINee, Super Junior, and 2PM are also in the top 10 with achievements many juniors are dreaming of. On the other hands, Girls’ Generation still rules the girl groups chart with 5 million albums. Many familiar names of the 2nd generation also appear with very impressive numbers such as KARA, T-Ara, 2NE1,…

Top 10 highest album sales: BTS and TWICE shows their potential, Gen 2 groups surprise everyone

However, the most surprising thing is the achievements of the 1st generation legendary groups. Compared to the 2nd and 3rd generation, most first generation idol groups have a shorter actual active period. They also have a very limited number of products (most groups do not have Japanese albums, unit group albums or solo albums). But with just over 10 albums, H.O.T, g.o.d, S.E.S, Fin.KL, … have reached the number that the juniors need dozens of albums to reach. Regarding the average number of copies sold for each product, H.O.T and Fin.K.L are the boygroup and girlgroup that have the best record so far.

Top 10 male idol groups have the highest album sales in their career:

Top 10 highest album sales: BTS and TWICE shows their potential, 2nd Gen groups surprise everyone
  1. BTS

Total sales: 12,335,456 copies

Number of products released: 25

Average: 493,418 copies / product

2. TVXQ

Total sales: 11,589,644 copies

Number of products issued: 80

Average: 144,870 copies / product

3. EXO

Total sales: 11,529,611 copies

Number of products issued: 22

Average: 524,073 copies / product

4. H.O.T

Total sales: 6.097.677 copies

Number of products issued: 8

Average: 762,209 copies / product

5. Big Bang

Total sales: 5,609,557 copies

Number of products issued: 51

Average: 109,991 copies / product

6. SHINee

Total sales: 5.346.190 copies

Number of products issued: 51

Average: 104,827 copies / product

7. g.o.d

Total sales: 5.130.358 copies

Number of products released: 10

Average: 513,035 copies / product

8. Super Junior

Total sales: 4,959,344 copies

Number of products issued: 52

Average: 95,372 copies / product

9. Shinhwa

Total sales: 3,436,779 copies

Number of products issued: 22

Average: 156,217 copies / product

10. 2PM

Total sales: 3,255,797 copies

Number of products released: 48

Average: 67,829 copies / product

Top 10 female idol groups have the highest album sales in their career:

Top 10 highest album sales: BTS and TWICE shows their potential, 2nd Gen groups surprise everyone
  1. SNSD

Total sales: 5,699,199 copies

Number of products released: 34

Average: 167,623 copies / product

2. TWICE

Total sales: 4,586,493 copies

Number of products issued: 15

Average: 305,766 copies / product

3. KARA

Total sales: 3,842,238 copies

Number of products released: 37

Average: 103,844 copies / product

4. S.E.S

Total sales: 3,579,859 copies

Number of products issued: 15

Average: 238,657 copies / product

5. Fin.K.L

Total sales: 2,158,698 copies

Number of products released: 7

Average: 308,385 copies / product

6. T-ara

Total sales: 1,149,905 copies

Number of products issued: 35

Average: 32,854 copies / product

7. APink

Total sales: 1,031,247 copies

Number of products issued: 29

Average: 35,560 copies / product

8. Red Velvet

Total sales: 964,577 copies

Number of products released: 11

Average: 87,688 copies / product

9. Baby V.O.X

Total sales: 899,065 copies

Number of products released: 9

Average: 99,896 copies / product

10. 2NE1

Total sales: 770,260 copies

Number of products issued: 14

Average: 55,018 copies / product

Source: Tinnhac

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